Look Out for ‘The Ladykillers’ at the Dolman

October 26, 2015
Unsuspecting Mrs Wilberforce (Ruth Ferguson) is the target of ruthless villains Professor Marcus (Gareth Baskerville), Major Courtney (Richard Dymond), Louis (Wayne Fenton) and Harry (Luke Bowkett). (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

Unsuspecting Mrs Wilberforce (Ruth Ferguson) is the target of ruthless villains Professor Marcus (Gareth Baskerville), Major Courtney (Richard Dymond), Louis (Wayne Fenton) and Harry (Luke Bowkett). (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

A sweet little old lady is pitted against a gang of criminal misfits who will stop at nothing – including murder! That’s the plot of Newport Playgoers’ next production, ‘The Ladykillers’.

This classic black comedy, based on the much-loved 1955 film of the same name, tells how Professor Marcus and his gang, posing as amateur musicians, rent rooms in the lopsided house of sweet but strict Mrs Wilberforce.

Misfit crooks Harry (Luke Bowkett) and Professor Marcus (Gareth Baskerville) are plotting do away with Mrs Wilberforce (Ruth Ferguson) even as they take tea with her. (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

Misfit crooks Harry (Luke Bowkett) and Professor Marcus (Gareth Baskerville) are plotting do away with Mrs Wilberforce (Ruth Ferguson) even as they take tea with her. (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

The villains plot to involve her, unwittingly, in Marcus’s brilliantly conceived heist job. The police are left stumped but Mrs Wilberforce becomes wise to their ruse and Marcus concludes that there is only one way to keep the old lady quiet. With only her parrot, General Gordon, to help her, Mrs Wilberforce is alone with five desperate men. But who will be forced to face the music?

 ‘The Ladykillers’: Gareth Baskerville (Professor Marcus, Richard Dymond ( Major Courtney), Wayne Fenton (Louis), Luke Bowkett (Harry and David Livingstone (One Round).  (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

‘The Ladykillers’: Gareth Baskerville (Professor Marcus, Richard Dymond ( Major Courtney), Wayne Fenton (Louis), Luke Bowkett (Harry and David Livingstone (One Round). (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

The play is based on one of the most famous Ealing Comedies which included Peter Sellers, Herbert Lom and Alec Guinness in the cast. The stage version has been entirely reworked, by comedy writer Graham Linehan who scripted classic TV shows Father Ted and The IT Crowd.

‘The Ladykillers’ is at the Dolman Theatre from Tuesday 10 – Friday 13 November at 7.15 pm, with a matinee performance on Saturday 14 at 2.30 pm. To book tickets call 01633 263670 or visit www.dolmantheatre.co.uk.


Sherlock Holmes Confronts Horror in Theatreland

February 11, 2014
Sherlock Holmes (James Reynolds) and Dr Watson (James Symonds) prepare to investigate. (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

Sherlock Holmes (James Reynolds) and Dr Watson (James Symonds) prepare to investigate. (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

There’s a killer on the loose in the West End of fog-shrouded Victorian London. Aspiring playwright George Bernard Shaw decides it’s a case for celebrated sleuth Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Dr Watson to investigate.

Inspector Lestrade (Richard Dymond) points the way for a young copper (Aidan Thomas) (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

Inspector Lestrade (Richard Dymond) points the way for a young copper (Aidan Thomas) (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

In ‘Sherlock Holmes and the West End Horror’, Playgoers New Generation (PNG) present a cavalcade of famous names from the era. Oscar Wilde, Gilbert and Sullivan, Bram Stoker and a young H.G. Wells all fall under suspicion when a despised theatre critic is brutally murdered.

Oscar Wilde (Ryan Salter) entertains Bosie (Aidan Thomas) and his friend Hopkins (Tim Hawken) (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

Oscar Wilde (Ryan Salter) entertains Bosie (Aidan Thomas) and his friend Hopkins (Tim Hawken) (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

The game’s afoot as Holmes and Watson pursue the killer in this rollickingly funny whodunnit – and come face to face with their own celebrity.

This latest production by PNG follows on from their highly successful adaptation of ‘Around the World in 80 Days’ and features many familiar faces.

Mrs Hudson (Ann Kelly) listens as Holmes (James Reynolds) plays his violin. (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

Mrs Hudson (Ann Kelly) listens as Holmes (James Reynolds) plays his violin. (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

“We try to be inclusive in PNG,” said founder member James Reynolds who plays Sherlock. “So as well as younger people we have guest appearances by some of Playgoers’ finest actors such as Richard Dymond, Ann Kelly and Graeme Johnson, all of whom will be well known to regulars at the Dolman Theatre.

The cream of London society enjoy the opening night of a new play - not realising a killer is on the loose. (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

The cream of London society enjoy the opening night of a new play – not realising a killer is on the loose. (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

“This play is a very witty take on the Sherlock Holmes stories which we’re sure audiences will find intriguing and highly entertaining.”

‘Sherlock Holmes and the West End Horror’ by Anthony Dodge and Marcia Milgrom Dodge is at the Dolman Theatre from 6  – 7  March at 7.15 pm, with a matinee performance on Saturday 8  March at 2.30 pm. To book tickets call 01633 263670 or visit www.dolmantheatre.co.uk.

The play is presented by special arrangement with Playscripts.Inc.

Inspector Lestrade (Richard Dymond) and Dr Eccles (Graeme Johnson) examine murder victim Jessie Rutland (Rachel Fenwick) (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

Inspector Lestrade (Richard Dymond) and Dr Eccles (Graeme Johnson) examine murder victim Jessie Rutland (Rachel Fenwick) (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)